Self Help Motorhome Tours

Discussion in 'Motorhome Chat' started by Jim, Jan 10, 2016.

  1. Jim

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    You’d be amazed at how many times I’m asked if we arrange tours for our members. It seems there are many people too nervous to cross the channel. So many in fact that I’m sure If I started a touring company taking them there we could make a few quid. Except I don’t want to run a tour company, nor do I want to be a tour guide.

    There are a couple of tour companies out there doing a good job but the costs are horrendous. So I thought I’d try a bit of our famous self-help.

    I’ve made a Forum section here called Motorhome Tour Guides In that section you’ll be able to “advertise” for a tour guide or promote yourself as tour guide.

    Tour guides can offer services for free, or ask to be reimbursed for expenses such as site fees and or fuel etc. However the actual financial arrangements should be kept private.

    You might want to see Morocco or have a tour of Brittany, if you are prepared to reimburse some expenses you can say so in your advert.

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    Of course, if you are going to use a guide it is up to you to satisfy yourselves of the guides suitability and ensure that you never part with any money before the tour has commenced. Motorhomefun cannot be responsible for any tour. We cannot recommend guides nor will we have any financial agreement with them.

    The forum is here, I hope it brings a few of you together for some adventure.
     
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  2. Yorick

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    I'd be happy to organise a trip for the single ladies ;)
     
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  3. Jaws

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    I cannot help but feel going in a motorhome on an organised tour is something of an oxymoron :)

    I do understand that folk are often scared to travel alone though.. It is just counter to what MH'ing means to Woman and me :)
     
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  4. Don Quixote

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    @Yorick, There always one o_O
     
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  5. Don Quixote

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    Perhaps for some it's not a tour they want, but a bit of company and guidance leaving the UK for the first time in their pride and joy. I would consider escorting a few through France or even Spain and back to UK. First time doing it can be for many a nightmare. Great idea Jim.
     
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  6. Chris

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    Great idea. Crossing the channel and driving on the wrong side of the road can seem daunting.
     
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  7. eddievanbitz

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    Margaret Brannon, the lady that started Motorhome Ticket Club (MTC) use to take a couple of tours a year and was always incredibly busy.

    She would work really hard, ferries booked, campsites booked, itineraries, local attractions booked, the lot!

    A lot of people loved the idea that they just had to arrive at "XYZ" before lunch and then they would be doing such an such

    Great idea Jim
     
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  8. PeteH

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    We went to Tropicana. 2003, with her group. I finished up being "lead" just behind the snow plough. Virtually all the way from San Sebastian to Pamplona! with about 8 or 10 Motor-homes following!!.

    Any one out there remember that trip?

    P.s. Subsequent to that we had 4 more occasions where we, even though travelling alone, "acquired" companions, usually after conversation on the Boat Crossing where we "led" for some part of Journey, usually the French section. We always made at least a 3day stop Near Biaritz just to recharge and a Couple of times at Park Verger. But others wished to push on.

    Pete
     
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  9. Khizzie

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    Not quite on your own if there's two of you ,but a bit more daunting if you are a solo traveller...
     
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    We'd been abroad with a caravan more than once but was a bit cautious before our first trip with the van when it came to aires and bornes and the like. We crossed with @Loujess from Dover and after parking up at Marine Parade with them, where we'd heard of a few issues, we spent a couple of days on aires before leaving them to head west from Honfleur while we headed to Switzerland. We even wild camped in a wooded layby between Compiegne and Soissons on the way. :cautious:
     
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  11. Jaws

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    Very very true...
     
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    I don't mind acting as a guide.
    It was due to @hilldweller 's Italian job that I first went abroad. Been loving it ever since :)
     
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  13. Wombles

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    Sounds like a good idea even if just for those going abroad for the first time (y) If tours don't take off straight away then it would be great to have a few more Fun rallies in France & beyond...
     
  14. TerryL

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    "Doing" Morocco this very minute with a small group - only €1500 a head (haven't told them yet:ROFLMAO:) Might have to do a runner tomorrow:sneaky:

    See thread Morocco 2016.

    But seriously, it's a great idea and it works.
     
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    I'd certainly be interested in benefiting from other funsters experience, especially when off the beaten track.
    The Insider view so to speak
     
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    Great idea. There are a lot of nervous motorhomes out there.
     
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    Am with Yorick, but dont tell Pat.
     
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  18. PeteH

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    Not the best move of your life?. I suspect? Hairnets and rolling pins come to mind?
     
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    Several years ago I was approached by the owner of a UK based MH hire company that sent there stock down to Malaga in the winter after the UK season had ended. He wanted me to organise tours of Morocco with his hire vans, flying customers into Malaga. This would have been a very lucrative enterprise and if I had been a bit younger I would have given it a go. After thinking about it for some time, I came to the conclusion that it would not be as simple as I first thought. These potential travellers would quite possibly have no idea how a MH worked as they were all hire vehicles. I did not relish the idea of emptying overflowing cassettes and wet nursing a dozen motorhomers around North Africa irrespective of how many chocolate bars came my way.
    The problem I find with just two vans running together is that no two peoples bladder capacities are the same, and many other issues come into the picture. I suppose it would be easier with people that were used to motorhoming, but not a job to be taken on lightly.
     
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  20. sedge

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    Oh, we hate convoys! - cars, motorbikes or motorhomes. OTOH it is nice to have a bit of company in the evening or when you get wherever so it's nice if you are travelling with fairly independent souls where you can decide together where the next overnight will be, but not actually follow one another or do the same things unless you happen to want to.

    If nowt else in common, you have the journey to talk about - 'Did you two happen to see the ugly whatever?' 'Did you go through that village that had the fantastic whatever?' LOL

    I have looked at itineraries for tours in the Club magazines from time to time. The actual places they go may well appeal to either or both of us - but the organised activities !!! Often every day and every evening - and when you do get a rest day, it's usually at somewhere that has no appeal whatever LOL

    Carry on doing our own thing and arranging our own entertainment, or rather not arranging it, taking what happens to be available - if we want to - or not if we don't - and enjoying it !
     
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